It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The lyrics of this holiday song were running through my mind today as I was heading in to work. I could picture sitting in the living room with my Mom and watching Andy Williams singing it on his TV show…oops that just dated me.
It is a time of special moments with family and friends for many. I count myself among that fortunate group – our kids and grandkids are all healthy and happy and I’m looking forward to lots of family time.
But this time of year is also one of stress and worry and loneliness for many others. People who are struggling, who are unemployed, who are alone.
The member agencies of the ACDN make a difference in the lives of men and women who are struggling – now and throughout the year. The staff and volunteers of these agencies help people to change their lives for the better – to gain self-confidence, to find employment, to improve conditions for themselves and their families. I am continually impressed, grateful, and humbled by the efforts of everyone associated with each and every ACDN agency. These folks give the gift of their time, expertise, resources, and care all year long.
During this holiday season, please join me in saying a prayer of hope for those who are struggling and a prayer of thanks for the people who care enough to offer a helping hand. May you each be blessed with Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All.
Lynda-Ross Vega, 2015 Board President, Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN)